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Another batch leaves for Amarnath Yatra

india Updated: Jul 02, 2008 10:59 IST
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Another batch of 1672 pilgrims on Wednesday left the base camp in Jammu for the Amarnath cave shrine as protesters, opposing revocation of transfer of forest land to the shrine board, put up blockades at several places on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

The batch comprising 273 women and 49 children left the Bhagwati Nagar camp in Jammu in a fleet of 53 vehicles around 0500 hours, officials said, adding a total of 34,282 pilgrims have so far left the camp for the Lord Shiva temple.

The cavalcade had to face blockades and protests by activists of Shiv Sena and BJP on the Highway, but were safely allowed to proceed journey, the sources said.

A group of CRPF personnel is escorting the devotees and the batch will reach Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir valley by Wednesday evening, they said.

Earlier, the yatra was suspended four times due to bad weather and heavy rush of pilgrims on June 20, 25, 27 and 29. A total of 13 batches of pilgrims have left to shrine till now.